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RJ & Carrie
Hi, we are Carrie and RJ. Thank you for visiting our adoption profile! Starting a family and raising children has been important to us ever since we first met and shared wedding vows. We hope you will choose us to share your next chapter of life. We are open to sharing the journey together, and we promise the child will be the center of our world.
Our Life Priorities
Our priorities are faith, family, job, and giving back. Carrie converted to Catholicism while we were dating and we were married in the Catholic Church. Although we are not evangelistic, placing faith at the center of our lives and marriage is an important strength for us and has helped to strengthen our marriage.
Next comes family and close friends. We view marriage, children, and our extended family as the most important community we have. Most of our free time and vacations are spent visiting or hosting family, and this is another tradition we will model to the child.
After family comes our jobs. We are both fortunate to have fulfilling and rewarding careers. Carrie looks forward to changing careers to be a stay-at-home mom in the future to spend time and nurture the child.
Finally, we enjoy giving back to the communities and organizations that have benefited us over time. We enjoy “paying it forward” by occasionally volunteering time and giving to local organizations and schools that have shaped our lives.
We are open to adopting a child from a different race, and we appreciate this will include special challenges about cultural identity and acceptance, both for the child and for the broader cultural community in our town. Our goal is for the child to understand and take pride in their heritage, and use it as a source of inclusion and pride, not exclusion and mystery.
We will learn about the child’s culture by attending events and seeking relationship with the local community. Inside our home, we will embrace the child's culture by celebrating role models and heroes that look like our child. We will also ensure the child has cultural fluency and appreciates its history and role in current society. We will teach that America is a melting pot where diversity is a celebrated strength. We will also teach the child that culture and identification is personal and may change over time. We (RJ and Carrie) look different and have different cultures from our ancestors, and this is OK. We will help the child find a healthy balance between their ancestry, our family, and our community.
Education We will Provide
Education is an important family tradition to us, and we view education as an investment in the child’s future. Both of our mothers are early childhood education professionals. We both graduated college with honors. RJ has also received two Master Degrees and various post-graduate and professional certificates.
We plan to send the child to a college prep high school and to a quality university. We will prepare for this future by opening a 529 savings account when the child is born. We will set high standards for the child and challenge them to excel to the best of their given ability, and then give him/her the support and resources necessary to be successful. At home, we will prioritize learning, curiosity, and creative problem solving throughout the child’s life. Although our initial aim will be a path to college, we recognize a traditional college degree is not the best fit for everyone, and we will change our approach depending on the child’s needs, abilities, and strengths.
Our Extended Families
We are both very close with our families, and spending time together is a priority. Both our families live out of state, but are a short drive away. We spend lots of time hosting relatives for visits at our house or traveling for weekend visits. We both talk with their parents almost every day, and video calls help keep the distance close.
Carrie’s family values community and welcoming all people into their home. When Carrie’s family visits, we play lots of card games (Euchre) and go on family walks to explore city neighborhoods. RJ’s family values hard work and giving back to others. When RJ’s family visits, we spend lots of time outdoors. We enjoy fishing for bass, catfish, and carp. We also enjoy barbecuing with both families. Ribs, pulled pork, and the occasional steak are all favorites.
We have been wanting kids for many years to start our own family traditions. Our families have been very supportive about our journey to adoption. Our parents, siblings, and extended family are looking forward to welcoming and loving the newest member of our family, and plans are already underway to cherish and spoil your child with love and attention.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood and local community is very family friendly. Our neighborhood is located in a blue ribbon school District. We live close to the neighborhood school, and someday the child will walk with friends to school. We live in a quiet cul-de-sac with lots of families with young kids. There are always kids outside playing (even in our backyard!). We enjoy weekend barbecues with other families while kids play games in the yards. All our neighbors are looking forward to us having a child someday to join the neighborhood fun.
Our house has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, with extra space for hosting friends and kids playing. We have a large backyard with a basketball hoop and plenty of space to play catch, climb trees, and tend to flowers. We live within walking distance of several parks, including baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, city swimming pool, and even a horse stable. Our community hosts an annual festival; each year has a different theme, and it includes a big parade, live music, and family events. We look forward to creating memories and building hometown pride with our child. We specifically chose to move to our neighborhood because it has so many opportunities for a child to play, explore, learn, and make friends.
From Us to You
Thank you for connecting with us and letting us share our story with you. We have done our best to express ourselves through pictures, words, and videos. Now, we would like to slow down and take a minute to open our hearts with you. We just want you to know that our hope to be parents is strong, and our desire to adopt is genuine.
We have been married for 4 years and have had a strong desire to start a family since the beginning of our marriage. We both adore each other’s families and love the time we are able to spend with them. RJ is an only child and Carrie has an older brother who is not married, so both families have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to have a grandchild to love and spoil.
We met 6 years ago when Carrie relocated for her job. RJ sent Carrie a message on an online dating site on her first day in town, and the rest is history. RJ had almost written Carrie off when she had to reschedule our first date. Thankfully he gave her another chance and we are both so glad he did! From our first date, we hit it off right away. We spent the entire night talking and laughing and laughter still remains a big part of our relationship. We also bonded early on as we learned that we both valued having a strong faith. We continue to keep God and our faith at the core of our relationship.
We have been on a journey to have children for four years and it has helped our marriage grow even stronger. We tried for 3 years to have a child both naturally and with fertility treatments. We grieved a couple "almosts", and we were unsuccessful in starting our family naturally. After many highs and lows throughout our journey, we said "yes" to adoption, and we are thrilled about the future.
We look forward to creating a loving and happy home for your child that is filled with laughter and fun. We are excited to take your child to sporting events and play sports in the backyard. There are so many places and festivals in our town that we’ve said we can’t wait to make a family outing. We look forward to building new traditions with them and teaching them about our family traditions.
We both come from stable and loving families who have supported us throughout our lives, and we will continue this tradition. Education, hard work, ambition, and humility are important to us. We will instill these values in the child. We will support the child with a quality education through college. Our hope is for the child to find their passions, reach for the stars, and achieve their dreams. Great things are ahead, and there will be much for us all to celebrate and be proud about!
We have been thinking about you each day. Our families have been keeping you in their prayers. We can’t imagine the stress and emotions you are experiencing, but we are with you. Should you choose us as parents for your child, he or she will know about you, and where they come from. They will know how thankful we are that you provided such a wonderful blessing to our life. We will love your child so much and never take for granted the difficult decision you made that helped us to complete our family. You will be a part of the child's support system, if you desire. We look forward to sharing pictures and letters with you about all the child's milestones. We are also open to visits and other communications with you.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our journey, our hopes and dreams. We hope you invite us to join your journey!
RJ & Carrie
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